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Jolly Wicked, Actually is a wonderfully entertaining compendium of the 100 words and phrases that have, over the last century, become the cornerstones of modern spoken English. Despite attempts by politicians and writers, despite lessons in citizenship enshrined in the national curriculum, we have famously never been able to define for posterity precisely what Englishness is.

Jolly Wicked, Actually takes certain well-loved and crucial expressions such as sorry, nice, common, posh, cuppa and chippy, explores their strange and wonderful origins, and demonstrates with wit and charm how they are emblems essential to all our notions of Englishness.

©2009 Tony Thorne (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Anastasi
  • St.PetersburgRussian Federation
  • 19-07-10

Absolutely fabulous

'Jolly wicked actually' is an excellent book. This book is an absolute gem. The author is extremely adept at conveying nuances of the words & context. The book is very coherent even though it consists of collection of enteries. I'd highly recommend 'Jolly wicked actually' for anybody with a sound interest in language and culture. Very good read.

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